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Letter from the Editor Summer in the City, in the Country and everything inbetween... My first regular job as a writer was school reporting. I remember on the last day of school, I returned from a kindergarten picnic a little scared and asked my editor, “What on Earth will I report on from now on? Am I laid off?” He laughed at me. “You just wait and see,” he said. “There’s plenty to do in this small town.” He was so right. Holidays, parades, festivals, county fairs and outdoor concerts later, I turned around and it was time for school all over again. Since then, I’ve learned those lazy, hazy days of summer are few and far between. Napping under a big old shade tree or reading a good book with a tall glass of iced tea is definitely my kind of “things to do” on a summer afternoon. But then there is so much else to do, too. And so, here is our sum-

CONTENTS Top Eight 31 Best of the Fests Places to Go: 2 Beechbend Water Park, KY 5 Lost River Cave, KY 16 Frontier City, OK 20 Lake Erie, OH 21 Jurassic Garden, MO 22 Cinderella’s Castle, FL 27 Ohio Caverns, OH 28 Sawmill Creek, OH 36 Sauder Village, OH Page 4

mer issue full of great things to do, people to see and places to go so fill those days before returning to the cooler nights and school schedule. County Fairs and area Festivals provide a wide variety of live entertainment and fun activities for the whole family. Museums provide an afternoon of tinkering, exploring or a just a plain fun way to learn something new. Summer camping trips can provide the opportunity to draw family members or friends closer together. (See Page 19) Then there are always the outdoor theme parks. Try mixing the old with the new and having a bit of both worlds when visiting Frontier City in Oklahoma. (See page 16). And these listed above are only a few of the things to celebrate an extended summer weekend.

Kathy Barnett - The Editor

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People to See 24 Gospel Quartets, IN Things to Do 6 Corvette Museum, KY 7 Gen. Patton Museum, KY 10 Kayaking, MI 11 Science Museum, OK 19 Kamping The tinsmith at 22 The Beach, GA Sauder Village, OH, demonstrates his 25 Dining, FL craft. 26 Take the Train, W.VA 28 Celebrate Christmas in July, KY/OH 39 Find the Bumps, OH

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Bowling Green, KY

Ready for a new adventure? Grab the kids and head out for a weekend of mining for gems, exploring the world beneath the ground, and camping out under the stars.


ost River Cave's underground boat tour includes a stroll along the historic river walk which leads you to one of the largest cave entrances east of the Mississippi River. Upon arriving at the cave, daylight disappears from view as you board the boat and journey into the unique world that exists beneath the streets of Bowling Green. Lost River Cave offers a delightful escape into Kentucky's Cave Country with hiking trails through the lush wooded valley, the seasonal butterfly habitat, a gem mining sluice and their charming gift shop, Wildflower Gifts. Crossing Treetop Bridge, your child's imagination will transport them to a time when Native American families called this place home, living and hunting in the cave and valley. And as the years rolled by thousands of Civil War troops, Col. John Hunt Morgan and even the notorious Jesses James are said to be among the cave's legendary visitors. Step out onto the dance floor at the Cave's entrance and your mind's eye will place you in the scene of the lively underground Nite Club of the 1930's. We promised adventure and that's what you will Summer, 2011

find at the beautiful Lost River Cave and Valley. A special event night under the stars on August 27 will allow children to understand and experience why it’s called the GREAT outdoors. Families that share the gift of nature through camping are sure to form priceless memories and togetherness. For more information or registration form, call 270-3930077 or visit Open all year, 7 days each week. Easily accessible from either I-65 or the NatcherParkway at 2818 Nashville Rd.

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Things to Do : Learn how Corvettes are made Just across town from the Lost River Cave, you'll find the only place in the world Corvettes are manufactured, as well as the National Corvette Museum. The Museum features over 70 rare and unique, plus a regularly changing exhibit hall with special displays including “From Here to There” science exhibit presented by PNC Bank, which runs through April 16, followed by muscle cars through June 19. Other future displays include 100 Years of Chevrolet, It's a Nano World, September 11 and Country Music Stars and Cars. Drivers of all ages, including those learning to drive, will enjoy the two interactive, educational driving simulators. The simulators teach guests safe driving habits and how to react in hazardous situations. For a quick bite to each, step inside the 50s themed diner - the Corvette Café. The café serves up breakfast and lunch daily, including biscuits, bacon, sausage, eggs, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups, shakes and more. Step up to the counter and place your order, Monday through Saturday, 8am-3:30pm and Sunday 10:30am-3:30pm. Did you know the Museum gives away a new Corvette nearly every week? The fundraising raffles offer several choices on cars, odds and ticket prices. Take your chance to win for as low as $10! And if you haven't got Corvette fever yet, hop in the “sitter” car and snap a few memories. "Build Your Own" Grand Sport Winner Drawn! Your next chance to win is Thursday, July 14 when a 2012 Centennial Edition Carbon Flash Metallic Grand Sport is raffled off. Tickets are only $200 and the raffle is limited to 1,000 tickets. Learn more and buy tickets online at: or call 800-538-3883. The Museum is open daily, 8am to 5pm CT and is located at I-65 exit 28. For more information call 800-538-3883 or visit Page 6

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The Patton Museum in Fort Knox has recently undergone some huge changes. The museum has been closed for several months and is now open to welcome visitors where a new experience awaits. The museum is undergoing a three year transition and will now cover more than just Armor. The Museum will tell the story of Army leadership from 1775 to the present. The museum will be hosting several interim exhibits until the transition is complete. The interim exhibits will include "A History of Fort Knox" and "Patton In His Own Words". There will also be exhibits about "What a Leader is and What a Leader Does". These exhibits will show examples of great leaders through history. Previously known as the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor, it is now called the General George Patton Museum of Leadership. The "Calvary and Armor" portion relocated to Fort Benning, Georgia. Incoming objects from donors and incoming commands) will be recast into the General George Patton Museum of Leadership. Some of the items on display are General Patton’s helmet, leather jacket, ivory-handled pistols, and the car he was riding in when he was fatally injured. The museum is also home to an extensive library and the Patton Archive. The museum's front area will be open on a reduced capacity until the fall of 2013 with exhibits on General Patton, Fort Knox, and Army leadership. The museum's new hours are Weekdays 9 a.m. Summer, 2011

4:30 p.m. and Weekends 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The museum is FREE and access on U.S. 31W is available just past the museum. For more information please visit

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with the whole family... Grand Rapids is safe, friendly, wholesome and endlessly fascinating for kids of all ages. Which means it's also a great place for families to visit. There are so many ways to keep your kids occupied here. Best part is, most of them are fun for you, too - so you can all enjoy a "playcation" together. Here are some recommendations for fun family activities by kid's age group: Families with Young Children Fun with Animals: Introduce your kids to the furred, feathered, scaled, slimy, wriggly and crawly residents of West Michigan at two amazing animal attractions - John Ball Zoo and Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park. Both have petting zoos for hands-on play with friendly animals! Boulder Ridge Animal Park - Wander through more than 80 acres of exotic animals, from alligators to oryx and water buffalos to wildebeest. Don't miss the reptile house, bird aviary and petting zoo, where you might get up close and personal with a baby zebra, ostrich, or addax. There's a picnic area and playground, too! John Ball Zoo - One of the nation's oldest urban zoos is jam-packed with new attractions and activities - including one of America's largest chimpanzee exhibits, a three-habitat aquarium, four-story zipline, camel rides and more. There are more than 1,100 animals in all, and kids can pet some of them in the newly renovated hobby farm. Plan a picnic on the spacious grounds surrounding the zoo. (Be sure to bring bread to feed the ducks.) All of this is just five minutes away from downtown GR! Page 08

Fun with Movement: Let your kids burn off some energy at the many parks and playgrounds throughout Grand Rapids. Or take them for a ride on one of the city's two carousels. Still antsy? Take them to watch salmon jump up the downtown fish ladder - it's enough to wear anyone out! Carousels - Kids can ride the antique carousel at downtown's Grand Rapids Public Museum or a modern version at Rivertown Crossings shopping mall. Fish Ladder - Watch salmon, steelhead and carp "climb" the ladder in spectacular leaps on downtown's Grand River. Millennium Park - One of America's largest urban parks includes bike trails, picnic facilities, a swimming lake, sandy beach and guaranteed-toplease splashpad. Parks/Playgrounds - Wherever you are in West Michigan, you're never far away from a space where kids can run around and be kids. Fun with Exploration: How about a little education to go along with your kid-focused entertainment? Grand Rapids offers an amazing museum built just for kids, a spectacular garden designed just for kids and a whole bunch of specialty camps run just for kids. Learning was never this much fun! Camps - Dozens of day and summer camps cater to different ages and interests: animals, sports, nature, performing arts and more. Children's Garden - at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. A delightful assortment of childfriendly sculpture, gorgeous and clever plantings, engrossing interactive activities, helpful Play and Activity Leaders, and a real wetlands - all in the middle of one of the world's Top 30 Must-See Museums - Grand Rapids Children's Museum

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Interactive, hands-on exhibits celebrate childhood and the joy of learning. From obstacle courses to printmaking and ball play, the museum offers arts-, sensory-, and experience-based programming for infants, toddlers and all ages.

Families with Teens Grand Rapids offers lots of awesome outdoor adventures for teens and their families: Swim or jet ski in crystal-clear waters. Sunbathe on sugar-sand beaches. Ride a giant tire swing, play a round of disc golf or scream yourself silly on one of the world's best wooden roller coaster. Everything's close by and convenient! Beaches - Swim and sunbathe five minutes from downtown at Millennium Park, or travel 30 minutes to Lake Michigan - and some of the best beaches in the world. (Yes, the world!) Giant Tire Swing - This FUNctional art piece by famed sculptor Mark di Suvero is outside city hall. Jet Skiing - Ride from beautiful Lake Macatawa out to Lake Michigan on rented jet-skis - or take the whole family on a powerboat! Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park/Wild Water Adventure. Two parks for the price of one! More than 60 rides, including seven roller coasters, wave pools, tube slides and thrill rides. Enrichment: Help your teens gain a deeper perspective on the world around them through such widely varied experiences as a Christian music festival, specialty camp, IMAX theatre presentation and zoo excursion. They'll thank you for it! Big Ticket Festival -This HUUUUGE Christian music festival takes place June 24-26 at Ionia County Fairgrounds, only 20 minutes from downtown GR. Camps - Dozens of day and summer camps cater to different ages and interests: animals, sports, nature, performing arts and more. IMAX Theatre - Experience REALLY-BIGSCREEN movie excitement in the city that invented the modern multiplex. John Ball Zoo -1,100 animals, swan-shaped padSummer, 2011

dleboats, a four-story zip line, sky trail ropes course and more. Explore: Grand Rapids offers something for every teen. Encourage yours to explore his or her own unique passions - biking, canoeing, art, culture, thrill rides, shopping, baseball and more. You'll have a great time at these attractions and events, too! Bike Trails - Miles and miles of easy-to-navigate trails through scenic country, plus mountain bike trails for all levels of rider. Canoe Rentals - Paddle down the scenic Rogue River starting in Rockford, a charming small town 20 minutes from GR. Craig's Cruisers - Go-kart racing, mini golf, laser tag, bumper boats, batting cages, pizza buffets and more 5 minutes from downtown. Culture Pass GR - This card offers exclusive specials and discounts at Grand Rapids Public Museum, John Ball Zoo, and 20 or so other GR attractions. Get a free Culture Pass when you book select hotel packages or purchase a $10 Pass for your stay. Disc Golf - Water hazards add a fun mix of distance and technicality to this well-designed course in Riverside Park, just outside downtown. Giant Tire Swing - outside city hall. Grand Rapids Public Museum - A fascinating glimpse into science and history, with animal habitats, a full-scaled recreation of an 1890s Grand Rapids street, a planetarium and much more.rides. Saturdays at GRAM - The Grand Rapids Art Museum offers hands-on art projects, tours, sketching and more for visitors. Shopping Malls - Both Woodland Mall and Rivertown Crossings Mall house hundreds of brand-name stores - check your favorites for selections unique to our region. Swimming Pools - More than 50 area hotels, health clubs and public parks have swimming pools - some have complete water parks! West Michigan Whitecaps - This semi-pro baseball team is the perfect place to while away a summer afternoon or evening. Youth-oriented activities. and promotions every day!

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Kayaking is one of the most popular water sports today, and Michigan is fortunate to have some of the best paddling opportunities in the country. Paddlers can enjoy quiet inland lakes and rivers as well as kayaking along Michigan’s more than 3,200 miles of freshwater coastline.

Kayaking can fit into 3 categories: •Recreational kayaking - done on lakes and slow-moving flat rivers. This is the type of kayaking best suited for beginners, so that they can focus on learning proper paddling techniques without worrying too much about fast moving water and waves. • Sea kayaking - sometimes called kayak touring, done on open bodies of water like lakes, bays, and oceans. •Whitewater kayaking- ossibly the most extreme form of adventure paddling. Involves paddling in river rapids. Whitewater kayaks are short and maneuverable, and always have spray skirts to keep water out and paddlers in!

5 Tips for kayak beginners: 1. Take a basic paddling class - A kayaking class will teach you the basics of entering, exiting, paddling, and other important techniques. You’ll have the opportunity to learn under the guidance of an expert and be able to ask questions. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources offers summer kayaking classes, races, and events throughout the state. Many Michigan university outdoors clubs sponsor pool days and outings to teach basic paddling techniques and give beginners a safe place to practice. 2. Learn how to enter and exit a kayak safely The key to entering a kayak is to keep your weight Page 10

centered and low. Always enter a kayak from calm, shallow water, so that you can do so in a controlled manner. Exiting a kayak safely is probably the most important skill to learn. If your kayak requires a spray skirt, then you must learn and practice wet exits in case of a capsize, since the spray skirt is designed to keep you in the boat even underwater. Practice exiting an open kayak in shallow water and try to avoid flooding it. Practice entries and exits in deep water so that you learn how your kayak behaves when you’re not in it. 3. Learn and practice basic paddling techniques Become comfortable in a boat and learn how to move it efficiently in the water. Learn to relax while paddling and use your legs and core more than your arms when you paddle. Basic strokes like the forward and sweep strokes move your boat forward and turn it. Try and paddle your boat forward in a straight line. The back or reverse paddle is important to learn as a building block to the emergency stop. Practice holding your paddle lightly and reversing your boat in a straight line. 4. Learn about local hazards and carry safety equipment - Each region and waterway is home to its own hazards. Talk to local paddlers or read forums to learn about how to spot and avoid water hazards like sweepers (trees/debris pushing out of the water), strainers (hard-to-see underwater trees), and other obstacles. Lowhead dams are particularly deadly hazards in waterways running through developed areas. These “drowning machines” are responsible for many water deaths because of their deceptive appearance and unpredictable hydraulics.

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The Michigan DNR reports that more than 70% of boating fatalities are caused by drowning. Always paddle with a life jacket and file a float plan with a friend or family member, letting them know the “who, what, where, and when” of your trip. Paddle with more experienced kayakers and learn the basics of water rescue so that you can help someone else in an emergency. 5. Learn which kayak is right for you - Don’t rush out to buy a kayak at the beginning. Spend some time in rented or borrowed kayaks while learning and practicing basic techniques. Once you’ve gotten some experience, you can make a better decision about which kind of kayak suits your style. Whatever choice you make, fit and comfort are supremely important. Recreational and sea kayaks are easy to find in outdoor stores and many offer kayak demo days where you can try out boats in the water. Some dealers offer beginner packages that include paddles and life vests. Whitewater kayaks can be diffi-

cult to find in areas outside of well-known whitewater areas. You can often find deals by buying used rental boats at the beginning or end of the season, or cruising local classifieds. Kayaking is a wonderful way to explore new parts of your home while getting exercise and fresh air.

Here are a few beginner-friendly Michigan kayak day trips that will whet your appetite for adventure: • South Branch of Au Sable: Easy paddling in a fishing and birding paradise near Roscommon, MI. Three hours of paddling from Chase Bridge to Smith Bridge takeout. • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: Spectacular paddling along steep sandstone cliffs and clear waters in the world’s largest freshwater lake. Paddle the same waters as voyageurs, fur trappers, and early explorers of the Upper Peninsula. Put in/take out at the Munising Falls Interpretive Center in Munising. • Two-Hearted River: The river made famous in Ernest Hemingway’s Nick Adams short stories is a world-class trout fishing destination and the only Michigan stream to be a designated wilderness river. It is navigable from the High Bridge on County Road 407 near Mason Tract to the river’s mouth. Summer, 2011

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T h i n g s To D o : T i n ke r W i t h Yo u r T h i n ke r

by Kandy Derden Missouri Editor

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W h e t h e r yo u c o m e t o p l ay or learn... the Science Museum i s p u re fun.

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n school, I didn’t particularly like science class. I’ll go one step further: I actually had a serious dislike for all things related to science. In my adult years, things changed when I had several opportunities to visit science museums. I’m not talking about historic displays with a profusion of dry facts. These places are educational through an abundance of hands-on exhibits and interactive demonstrations which are so much fun it’s easy to forget how much learning is taking place. My latest venture into the world of scientific knowledge took place in the Science Museum Oklahoma located in Oklahoma City. Not only is it the largest and newest one I’ve visited, but also contains the widest variety of subject matter.

Anyone can be a Scientist !

All of the family members who accompanied me to the museum made it quite clear that their main reason for going was to ride a Segway. To my surprise it was easy to learn, although there was a small measure of disappointment that no one crashed thus providing a comical photo opportunity. For those with an analytical mind, there is a chance to solve a murder mystery. The adventure begins with a young newsboy distributing newspapers with the announcement that a murder has occurred.

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nlike television or movies where the clues are presented, each observer must piece together all the necessary information from interviews, observation and technologies used by forensic professionals in their investigations. Are you discerning enough to discover the correct solution? If you don’t want to let your hands have all the fun, be sure to use your eyes and ears to play with the frequency exhibits and optical illusion art in the Mind Games area. In addition, the galleries at Science Museum Oklahoma feature an ever-changing selection of exhibits that emphasize the blending of science and art. This was my favorite part because it inspired my creative side. The youngsters in our group enjoyed the live theater where professional performers brought science to life with a show that was as educational as it was entertaining. Lack of space prevents me from listing the myriad of other interesting things to see and do.

Come explore the p a s t , present, and future with

“Otto” at the Science Museum of Oklahoma.

For more information, go to or visit their website or call

1 (405) 602-6664.

“Multiplicity” Ever wish you had a clone?

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y husband and I chose not to have any children in our wedding because we didn’t want to create conflict with nieces and nephews. Besides that, it was my big day and I didn’t want to be upstaged by anyone. However, after the ceremony, one of our nephews managed to steal the show anyway. That was 27 years ago. Now let’s fast forward to the present. During a family reunion several family members chose to spend a day at Frontier City theme park in Oklahoma City. One of the first places we went was the magic show. The illusionist began by displaying an empty glass box. He then tossed a white feather boa inside. As you might expect, a cloth was draped over the box in order to protect his secrets. When he revealed the results of his ‘magic’ a lovely young lady was in the box wearing the feather boa. My now grown bachelor nephew was seated behind me where I could clearly hear him say, “I want a feather boa like that one Mama.” It seems he’s still stealing the show. However, it was a pretty good response to what has been voted “the top theme park magic show.” You will see and still not believe this full tilt, overwhelming spectacle that erupts on stage. Be entertained with the latest illusions, dance, music, costumes, lights, comedy, and audience participation. This show is Page 16

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my fun and loving nephew. Frontier City offers a blend of the old-time wild-west theme and decor with the new and modern-day rides. Mix in the upbeat magic show or American Rock music from the 50s with The Wild-West Gunfighter Stunt Show and you have something to entertain any age. Join the rowdy cast of gunfighters as they duke it out and duel it out “old west style”. Explosions and Shootouts and High falls are featured in this action-packed, stunt-show spectacular! No trip to an amusement park would be complete without roller coasters. Frontier City boasts no less than seven thrilling rides in that category plus two water rides. There are eight rides for small children and eleven rides suitable for all ages. Dining selections are available throughout the park along with several shops. If you enjoy live entertainment and concerts, visit online at to obtain a complete schedule listing. Don’t miss the Doc Snookers Medicine Man Show or Two John’s Saloon Revue. In spite of the extreme heat on the day we visited the park, all the relatives agreed Frontier City was an excellent place for family fun. For more information call 405-4782140 or visit online at:

Eruption Get vertical on the tallest thrill ride in Oklahoma! Erupt over 240 feet in the air before plummeting back to Earth. Must be 52” or taller to ride.

By Kandy Derden Missouri Editor

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Play a round of Golf

What factors come into play when you Golf carts, a snack shop and are ready to select a golf course? beautiful landBy David Derden Mo. Weekendr OKLAHOMA CITY - Location comes to mind as the first consideration. (It’s rather hard to play in Myrtle Beach when you aren’t there.) At a recent family gathering, it was decided that a round of golf was the first thing to put on the agenda. That led us to Lincoln Park Golf Course. If you’ve seen one golf course, you’ve seen them all, right? Wrong! All courses have fairways; Lincoln Park has fairways. They all have greens; Lincoln Park has greens. Most courses have water hazards; Lincoln has water hazards. You get the idea.

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scaping are all things you expect to find at any golf course. So what made Lincoln Park Gold Course special? The very first thing we noticed upon arrival was the extremely friendly staff in the pro shop. And this was at the end of very long hot day hosting a tournament. Unfortunately, this is not always found at other golf courses. Our next pleasant surprise was finding out how easy it was to navigate from one hole to another without the use of a map. Along the way we enjoyed the shade of mature trees lining all the wellmaintained fairways. Good quality greens were consistent

throughout, allowing the ball to roll true. On the way home, we all agreed that Lincoln Park Golf Course definitely provided a challenge to skilled golfers and novices alike. As a bonus, this course is one you can play without worrying about losing a lot of golf balls, even on a windy day. For more information or to schedule a tee time, call 405-424-1421. Lincoln Park Golf Course is located at 4001 NE Grand Blvd.

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Go Camping –

Much has been added to the Wagon Wheel campgrounds over the past ten years to benefit its visitors. Now known as The Shelby/Mansfield KOA with more of a resort setting, flowers and beautiful landscaping greet guests from every corner of this tranquil park. Started in 1968 with a farm theme for families, the grounds are now set up to handle groups, rallies, family reunions, and business retreats, as well as individual sites designed with the comforts of stamped concrete patios, propane grills, wrought iron furniture, and swings. Several kabins and lodges have been built and are situated throughout the grounds for those who don’t want to bring in their own camping geer. From the time Garry and Vicki Cole purchased the campground from his parents, they have continually worked to improve the campground for


today’s campers and equipment. The cabins range from Kamping Kabins to full service Lodges for your enjoyment. Numerous activities are offered all summer, such as movies, candy bar bingo and themed weekends. An 18-hole, fully landscaped miniature golf course was added in 2002. Enjoy shady sites, swimming pools, kids’ activities, or the game room. “The themed weekends are done to entertain the campers during the weekend, explained Garry. “ Plus, Vicki explained, “we do a multitude of activities for all ages that provide the opportunity of special fun for all. So when you visit our campground, you are enjoying a fun facility that has deep roots in history!”

A Bit of History

The present office was the Summer House of Garry’s great aunt and uncle. Iit was moved down by a flat bed trailer and then original founders, Verne and Violet Cole, built around it, using more telephone poles. In this building they used to make apple butter in the fall, and do clothes washing in the summer; due to lack of air conditioning, they used to spend a lot of time here in the summer. The original corn crib now the Western Lodge was used at the farm, and Garry says he has shoveled a good many bushels of ear corn from it to feed the livestock. The Cottage was originally the post office for Chatfield, Ohio, located about 12 miles west of here (where Vicki grew up). The Cole family invites you to visit the Shelby/Mansfield KOA. It’s a great place for your next special event..large or small. Call for more information or to make reservations today toll free 888-562-5607 or visit online at: Page 18

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s e c a l P : o G o T Go Big or Go Home! alahari Resort, home to the nation’s largest indoor waterpark, has announced expansion plans for 2011. Already the largest hotel in Ohio, the resort’s convention center currently cannot accommodate a number of convention requests due to lack of ballroom space. The proposed $22 million expansion, slated to begin construction in March, will more than double the current size of the convention center from 95,000 square-feet to 215,000 square-feet. 2011 expansion plans also include the


Don’t Look Down! edar Point, voted “Best Amusement Park in the World” for 13 consecutive years, is debuting one of the world’s tallest swing rides. This is no kiddy swing – it towers at 301feet-tall and swings 64 riders at nearly 30 mph! Paying homage to the amusement park’s heritage, WindSeeker will swing riders over Cedar Point Beach. In the early 1900’s Cedar Point Beach was a popular destination for families to play. One of the original amusement rides, Sea Swings, would dip riders into the cool waters of Lake Erie as it spun in a circular motion. 100 years later Cedar Point plans a 21st Century version of that ride to thrill visitors in 2011 and beyond.


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addition of seven 5-bedroom family condominium units, called Nyumba rooms. An additional $5 million investment, these 22-person luxury, stand-alone units will be ideal for small meetings, retreats and reunions. Your Guide to Ohio Wines! Northcoast Grapevine Tours plans to showcase the area’s wineries and educate customers on the local grape growing and wine producing industries along Ohio’s

north coast. Guests will be transported on a day-long escorted tour through the countryside, to a select group of wineries from an itinerary of their choosing, or an agenda can be set for them based on their likes and interests. A safe and educational way to enjoy the area’s wine heritage! Let Your Light Shine! Light in he Harbor Summer 2011 brings back the area’s most popular public arts project. This outdoor exhibit features more than 20 fiberglass lighthouses and sailboats painted by local artists and displayed throughout downtown Sandusky and other prominent locations from Memorial Day to Labor Day. T It also serves as a fundraising event for the


Merry-GoRound Museum and the American Red Cross. This project has raised more than $30,000 for the two organizations. Art pieces will be auctioned at a gala event in September. Summer, 2011

Places To Go:

Jurassic Garden

KINGSVILLE - Journey back to a lost world of prehistoric chills and thrills this summer when more than 20 dinosaurs (including T. Rex!) and oversized ancient insects return to Powell Gardens. Come face to face with creatures of every shape and size, from a herd of fierce feathered Bambiraptors to a 32-foot-tall T. rex. Activities include dino-related crafts; a fossil dig; photo opportunities; and a lab display. Children, ages 1-4, can hunt for their favorite dinos in a huge theme-related sandbox.

after regular hours from 6-10 p.m. Take a self-guided tour of the dinos by torchlight, enjoy a "dinos'more" at the firepit, listen for sounds of the Jurassic period and more. Reservations are required for this unique experience that kicks off our summer Gardens at Dusk series. Call 816-697-2600 x209. Garden admission prices are: $9.50/adults $8.50/seniors 60+ $4/children ages 5-12 FREE/children 4 and under and members of Friends of The exhibit is Powell. designed by J u r a s s i c Guy Darrough, Garden is Missouri’s own included with self-taught paleregular admisontologist and sion: Jurassic artist. Garden will Opening day c o n t i n u e included a visit through the by Dexter the dinosaur from T Rex Cafe, plus summer until August 15. Park hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. children's activities and guided For other special scheduled tours by the artist. On May 20, experience the park activities or more information, after dark! Dinos in the Dark visit onlin at www.powellgarPrehistoric Adventure! continues or call 816-697-2619

OTHER HAPPENINGS AT POWELL GARDENS: Kids Club 2011 - Now enrolling! Encourage your children to explore the wonders of the great outdoors through the Powell Gardens Kids' Club. See the 2011 schedule. Art by Joanne Sutherland - Mixed media works by an award-winning artist are on display May through June. Visit our Blog - Learn more about what's happening at Powell Gardens on our expanded blog: Summer, 2011

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Places to Go: Cinderella’s Castle - Disney World In a dramatic new projection show filled with special effects and magic, Cinderella Castle transforms into a shimmering canvas for images of Walt Disney World guests and the memories they made that day at Magic Kingdom. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – In the nighttime spectacle, photos of guests captured that very day in the park are projected larger-than-life among the spires and turrets of Cinderella Castle. The ten-minute experience – called “The Magic, The Memories, and You!” – dazzles park guests on both coasts in ways never before experienced, themed to beloved Disney stories and with playful animated sequences that seem to defy the architecture of the buildings. The spectacle is scheduled most nights with up to two shows per night depending on theme park operating hours and other special ticketed events. As many as 500 images shot that day project onto the castle each night the show is presented, producers estimate. Disney PhotoPass photographers capture guests creating new memories as they “smile for the castle.” “Disney parks create family vacation memories to last a lifetime,” said Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “What better canvas for those memories than Cinderella Castle, one of the most photographed icons in the world.” Page 22

Producers storyboarded the show as if it was a short animated film, explained Alan Bruun, associate creative director, Walt Disney World Entertainment. They weaved music, story, photography, video and animation into a new kind of nighttime entertainment. After the sun goes down, 16 high-powered state-of-the-art projectors bring the castle to life as that day’s photos (and videos taken from Disney’s “Let the

Memories Begin” online hub) seem to dance about the famous facade. As classic Disney music weaves in and out of the new “Let the Memories Begin” theme song, turrets spin or rocket into space, vines grow, planets and cannonballs whiz by as the castle shimmers and magically transforms itself in playful and exciting ways to accompany the guests’ memories of fun, adventure and family experiences. “The images dance to favorite Disney tunes and culminate in a spectacular finale punctuated by animated and actual fireworks,” Bruun said. “Guests see the castle behave in ways they would have never thought possible.” Vacation memories hold a special place in the hearts of families, according o a recent survey. Nine out of 10 parents polled said they plan their vacations with the express hope of creating a lasting family memory. And most memories don’t fade with the passage of time. Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed said they think back “often” or “very often” on their most cherished vacation memories. Summer, 2011 Summer, 2011

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Serves up Enticing Savings this September ORLANDO, Fla. – This September, visitors and locals alike are invited to expand their palates – and their savings – during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. This 6th annual culinary celebration, presented by Visit Orlando, showcases Central Florida’s ever-expanding dining universe, with more than 60 top Orlando-area restaurants offering three-course prix-fixe dinners for $30. The month-long event will also benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida with of $1 from every meal donated to the organization. From Sept. 1 – 30, 2011, Visit Orlando invites guests to enjoy delectable dishes for an exceptional value at some of the destination’s most popular restaurants, including: • Emeril’s Orlando – The TV chef’s legendary energy translates into his cuisine, unleashing bold flavors and unique blends in favorite New Orleans and Creole dishes. • Morton’s The Steakhouse Morton’s serves juicy and flavorrich USDA prime-aged steak, as well as fresh fish and seafood in a classic steakhouse atmosphere. • Ocean Prime – This restaurant, developed by restaurateur Cameron Mitchell, brings back the classic supper club dining tradition with a large seafood menu, steak dishes, hand-crafted cockSummer, 2011

tails and world-class wines. • The Capital Grille - One of Orlando’s most popular steakhouses, it offers dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood and seasonal daily features, as well as labels from some of the world’s best vintners in its celebrated wine cellar. Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month also offers a diverse assortment of atmospheres and cuisines at some of Orlando’s newest restaurants including Napa at The Peabody Orlando and La Luce by Donna Scala at Hilton Orlando

Bonnet Creek. Also on this year’s list are signature restaurants unique to the Orlando area including Luma on Park, Le Coq Au Vin, The Venetian Room and K Restaurant. “As Orlando grows as a culinary community, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month continues to be a natural fit for the destination,” said Gary Sain, president and CEO of Visit Orlando. “The program showcases some of the finest cuisine at Orlando’s top

restaurants at a great value only available during the month of September. Both visitors and locals will have the chance to indulge at some of the most distinct restaurants in the Orlando area.” Additional restaurant participants include Charley's Steak House, Citrus Restaurant, Funky Monkey Wine Company, The Boheme, The Palm, Primo by Melissa Kelly, Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant, Seasons 52, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar and Todd English's bluezoo. More information about Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, including a complete list of participating restaurants, is available at About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida: Since 1944, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida has helped to inspire hope and opportunity in those who need it most––children in our local community. Each year, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida serves over 12,000 children between the ages of six and eighteen, and provides them with a safe place to learn and grow. At each of the 28 Clubs in Brevard, Osceola, Orange and Seminole counties, core youth development programs are offered to meet the diverse needs and interests of members. For more information about the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida, visit For more information, visit Page 25

Huntington, West Virginia - The Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society offers New River Train excursions through the beautiful New River Gorge in southern West Virginia. As one of the newest national parklands, the "Grand Canyon of the East," the train traverses the former Chesapeake and Ohio mainline from Huntington, WV to Hinton, WV, allowing for a front-row seat to spectacular scenery. The company operates four round trip excursions throughout the New River Gorge where they have a Railroad Days Festival each of the four days. The 2011 dates are October 15, 16, 22, and 23rd. A mixture of Amtrak coaches, and privately owned lounge and parlor cars make up the twentyeight car train. There is coach and premium service available. Tickets prices range from $139.00 to $259.00 per person depending on type of service selected. They also have limited seating in glass top dome cars at $259.00 Page 26

per person which also includes breakfast and diner. Other smaller capacity trips (including charters) are offered to New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and the Greenbrier Resort throughout the year. The Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society is a chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and has operated in Huntington, WV for 52 years. Web:, Phone: 304-523-0364, Toll Free: 866-639-7487. Editors note: The Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society (CPH) is one of 178 National Railway Historical Societies in the United States. Founded in 1959, and became a part of the NRHS in 1959. Our goals as a chapter are: “Preserve documents and artifacts of railroad history, to promote the use and improvement of the present railroad industry, to acquire and restore rolling stock for display and operations, and to generally encourage public interest in the ongoing story of the North American railroads.�

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. . . e l y t s Relax in By Kandy S. Derden Missouri Weekender Editor I married a Texan. Why is that significant? When one is married to a Texan, visits to Texas are mandatory. Why is that significant? Texans have a penchant for a specific type of décor. Southwest décor is prevalent throughout the southwest, so I expect to see it frequently. When we are visiting family, I am never surprised to see the typical hues and geometric designs accompa-

nied by wildlife artifacts. However, southwest décor is not quite so widespread in the northeast. So imagine my surprise to discover Sawmill Creek Resort in Sandusky,Ohio. To aid in recapturing the natural surroundings of Native Americans, each wing is named for an Indian tribe indigenous to the area. Educational tidbits of history and folklore are incorporated into the interior decoration throughout hallways and common

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areas. Original paintings by local artist Al Parkinson graces the hallways, lobbies and Salmon Run Restaurant. Parkinson designed wall hangings and pictographs that decorate the loft of the Big Sky Lounge. Displays in Big Sky provide an insight into the lives of North American Woodland Indians. Wood carvings seen at the elevators and in Salmon Run and the impressive doors leading into Wilderness Hall were also created by Parkinson. Summer, 2011

Golfing, swimming, fishing, shopping and more... Each room is equipped with a gas fireplace to enhance the hominess. Furnishings reflect the outdoors without being rugged. Even with a big game atmosphere, the ladies will appreciate the comfort level enhanced by lovely floralprint quilted bedspreads and refreshing scented toiletries that are not too feminine for men. Multiple amenities necessary in the modern world include a large desk for computers and a spacious living area. Relaxing music provides a very restful ambiance among waterfalls, rock and indoor greenery for those who wish to slow down and simply enjoy “being.” However, for those who thrive on activity, options include swimming, golf, fishing and a nature trail hike. Tennis and basketball equipment may be signed out at the front desk. Sawmill Creek also boasts a private marina for your choice of water activities. Be sure to check out the “Lodge Daily News” flyer in the lobby for kids' events. A fitness center and game room is located on the second level adjacent to the Tall Pines Loft. Four on-site restaurants offer a variety of quisine. Salmon Run, which provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner, is popular among the locals for its seafood entrees. Also, during the summer months, a Summer, 2011

complete breakfast buffet is served to guest whichs is included with their overnight stay. After a round of golf or lesson with the Pro, enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at Mulligan's Pub covered deck offering views of the pond on the 9 t h green. Head for the marina to the award winning Mariner's Dockside Restaurant overlooking the Lake and the176-slip marina. The screened patio is a pleasant dining option on a warm summer evening. So what is a weekend getaway without a place to shop for souvenirs, gifts or keepsake additions to a favorite collection? The

Sawmill Creek Shops offer clothing, jewelry, a children’s department, kitchen gourmet shop, home décor and gifts displayed in intimate settings throughout three restored 1887 barns. These barns are original buildings to the property located near the lodge. Ask about the custom design gift basket service. One of the benefits of this resort is its location so close to Cedar Point, an amusement park known for its many roller coasters. The Lake Erie Islands are easy to reach by Miller’s ferry or Jet Express for a day of sightseeing. Make plans today to stay at Sawmill Creek for a weekend getaway or whole week of vacation. Reserve a special package or ask for a special itinerary to fit the needs of your party. To contact Sawmill Creek call 800-729-6455 or visit online at Page 29

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Things Celebrate Christmas In July! To Do: By KANDY DERDEN

Mo. Weekender Editor


f a person’s name can predict his or her future, my destiny should have been in the confectionary industry. With a name like “Kandy” it was enevitable to be teased as a child. But as an adult, I came to see the benefit of having a clever name during a period of over fifteen years in the baking industry. The following are all real surnames: Kandy Land, Kandy Fudge, Kandy Kake, Kandy Christmas, Kandy Baker, Kandy Cooke, Kandy Kitchen, or my personal favorite, Kandy Barr. Never got a chance to see candy bars being made. I did get to visit The Spangler Candy Company in Bryan, OH, manufacturer of 10,000 Dum Dum Pops per minute (ten million per day) in a wide variety of flavors. In addition, this company is the only major manufacturer of candy canes in the United States. And yes, they are making them in July. In order for supply to

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meet the Christmas demand, they produce over 2.7 million candy canes per day, each and every day, year round. Many religious meanings have been attributed to the candy cane. According to tradition, the meanings of this delicious treat include the “J” shape for Jesus, or if inverted, a shepherd’s staff. The stripes symbolize those Christ received during a whipping prior to His crucifixion. The red color is representative of His blood shed to wash away our sins; the white

represents His purity. Although most of it cannot be substantiated, the meaning is still there for those who wish to see it. The next time you see a candy cane, remember the sacrifice of Jesus and His enduring love for us yet today. Yes, Jesus loves me, no matter what my name is. So I’ll be content with the name I have. On second thought, after learning the symbolism connected with the candy cane, perhaps I wouldn’t object so much to having a builtin witnessing tool such as a name like Kandy Caine.

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Not far from the Spangler Factory in Bryan is The Candy Cane Christmas Shoppe near Archbold. This shop is a treasure trove of Christmas magic waiting to be discovered. This is the place to go for any tree decorating theme you desire. Beginning in a renovated one story, multiroom elementary school, Marvin and Sharon Lantz embarked on a seven month renovation project. That project resulted in the Candy Cane Christmas Shoppe, one of the first year round Christmas stores in Ohio. Today each of the rooms has a different theme. The former gym is now the Grand Christmas Room, a huge display featuring more than 30 different Christmas themes of trees. The decorated trees feature a wide variety of ornaments, decorations, ribbons, garlands, and botanicals for every season or topic - not just Christmas! Marvin & Sharon Lantz Bethlehem Corner, originally a stage built Keeping Christ in Christmas Year - Round for school Christmas plays, the stone buildings of Bethlehem Corner now feature nativity sets of all home-like setting, each piece is lovingly displayed sizes from various manufacturers. along with seasonal botanicals to help spark your The Den is home to a wide assortment of beautiful own creativity and imagination. collectibles including lighted houses from The Kid's Room is sure to please children of all Department 56. Utilizing a large fireplace mantel in a ages. Parents and kids alike all enjoy the wide selection of educational books, games and toys,from a variety of companies like Be sure you dont miss our Melissa and Doug, Klutz, and The Train and so many Christmas in July Sale Thomas more. from July 1 - 31 The Twigs 'N Trees Room Everything green for Christmas can each year ! be found in the Twigs 'N Trees Room. You'll find a wide variety of trees, wreaths and garlands, along

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with all the botanicals, bows and lights you need to make your home sparkle with Christmas cheer. The Tea Room is where you can take a few minutes to relax and enjoy the warm, inviting atmosphere of The Tea Room. Here you'll discover the delicious tastes and smells of flavored tea, coffee, cheesecakes and Homestead ice cream. Try a sample of home made fudge, which is made in the store. What would Christmas be without the sweets? The Seasonal Display Room, where you will find decorations for any season of the year. Whether it is Valentine's Day, Easter, the 4th of July or Halloween, take home ideas and accessories to help celebrate the event. Why the Name? “Because of the story and religious meaning behind the candy cane,” explains Sharon “We work very hard at keeping Christ in Christmas, so we adopted that as our theme.” The Candy Cane shoppe is located 3 miles north Archbold on U.S. 20-A in a town of Burlington. Hours are extended Summer, 2011

The Meaning of the Candy Cane HARD CANDY: Reminds us that Jesus is like a “rock,” dependable. PEPPERMENT FLAVOR: Is like the gift of spices from the wise men. WHITE CANDY: Stands for Jesus as the holy, sinless Son of God. THE LETTER “J“: Is for the name of Jesus our Savior. CANE: Is like a staff used by sheparads in caring for sheep. Jesus is our “Good Shepard”. THE COLOR RED: Is for Gods love that sent Jesus to give his life for us on the cross. THE STRIPES: Reminds us of Jesus’ suffering his crown of thorns, wounds in his hands and feet; and the cross on which he died.

during holiday seasons. January to April hours are, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Starting May 1st, the shoppe is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 5 p.m. Telephone is 419-445-5828 or check out our website at:

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Submitted by Kim Krieger, PR/Media Relations he smell of homemade biscuits baking in a woodfired stove. The ring of a hammer striking the anvil in the blacksmith shop. The taste of broasted chicken, roast beef, and real mashed potatoes at the


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Barn Restaurant. A visit to Sauder Village in Archbold, OH is sure to excite all of your senses while providing an inspirational and memorable getaway. At Sauder Village in Archbold, OH, guests can take a “stroll down memory lane” as they experience the daily lives of our hard-working ancestors. Built in 1976 by Erie J. Sauder, non-profit Sauder Village has continued to grow and change through the years. One thing that has remained constant; however, is the welcoming hospitality. In more than 40 historic

homes and shops, costumed guides and working craftsmen welcome guests from around the world and help them experience and celebrate the past in rural Northwest Ohio. Recognized as Ohio’s largest living history village, the award-winning destination offers plenty of opportunities for guests to have fun in the past. Throughout the Historic Village, guests can experience life in Ohio through activities and stories shared in the community shops, Native American area, Pioneer Settlement, historic homes, farm and garden. Summer, 2011

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Sauder Village, Cont. Visit the 1910 Homestead, District 16 School, Grist Mill, Herb Shop, Depot, Church and General Store. Other popular stops are the Witmer-Roth Home, Log School, Dr.’s Office, Jail, Erie’s Farm Shop and historic gardens. While doing so, visit with costumed guides and working craftsmen while taking a walk through time from 1803-1910. Watching a cooking demonstration in the 1910 Homestead or listen to stories in the Barbershop. Depending on the day and season, you may be able to help make butter, string “leather britches”, wash clothes on a scrub board or play old-fashioned games. Watch craftsmen blend skill and creativity in glass, metals, fabric, wood and clay. These talented traditional and contemporary craftsmen not only demonstrate their trade but also offer hand-crafted items available for sale in places like the Spinning Shop, Pottery Shop, Tin Shop, Glass Shop and Tiffin River Woodworks. Other popular craft shops include the Basket Shop, Weaving Shop, Cooper’s Shop and Blacksmith Shop. “A visit to Historic Sauder Village offers our guests an opportunity to reflect on the past,” shared Jeanette Smith, Director of Marketing at Sauder Village. “Sauder Village is an excellent place for guests of all ages to enjoy together – whether it’s a couple looking for relaxation, a fun day with the kids or a special outing with good friends.” Historic Sauder Village is also a truly memorable place for parents or grandparents to interact with the special children in their lives. A favorite stop for guests with very young children is Little Pioneers Homestead. In this special area guests can really “play pioneer” as they gather eggs, milk the fiberglass cow and pretend to cook at the fireplace. A trip to Sauder Village would not be complete without a ride on the horse and buggy or the Erie Express Train. Other favorite stops include a visit to the Ice Cream Parlor and the Sweet Shoppe for some homemade fudge. There are many unique shopping opportunities at Sauder Village including Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop, the Village Gift Shop and Lauber’s General Store. Also on the Sauder Village Complex is the Sauder Store and Outlet – a hometown factory store offering a vast selection of readyto-assemble furniture made locally by the Sauder Woodworking Co. Make plans to take a stroll down memory lane this year with your friends, children, or grandchildren. You’re sure to make many special memories as you spend time together experiencing life in the past at Sauder Village. Page 38

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